Government determined to protect every Indian: Alphons Kannanthanam

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Shillong | Published: September 29, 2017 10:45:05 PM

Hailing the safe return of rescued Christian missionary Father Tom Uzhunnalil to India yesterday, Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam today said the NDA government is determined to protect every citizen.

Alphons Kannanthanam, Tom Uzhunnalil, Tom Uzhunnalil in India, Tom Uzhunnalil india visitAlphons Kannanthanam. (PTI)

Hailing the safe return of rescued Christian missionary Father Tom Uzhunnalil to India yesterday, Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam today said the NDA government is determined to protect every citizen.

“I am sure you are aware that Fr Tom, who was kidnapped in Yemen, has been brought back home yesterday. He was rescued by sheer determination of the government under the leadership of the Prime Minister and External Affairs Minister,” the Union Tourism Minister said.

“Even the Americans were not able to do it and even the European nations were not able to do it but we brought him back,” he said.

Father Tom, who was working as a chaplain in an old-age home in Aden, was taken captive in March last year by armed ISIS terrorists who took him to Yemen.

Rescuing Fr Tom was ‘complex’ since there was no Indian embassy in Yemen, Alphons said, adding that “This means huge diplomatic deployment and talking to all neighbouring countries.”

The Union Minister said this government is determined in protecting Indians everywhere irrespective of communities and religion.

He went on to cite examples of how the government has rescued Father Prem Kumar, the operations to bring back the nurses from Libya and how Judith Judith D’Souza was released from her captors in Afghanistan.

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